JOANNE ARNOTT is a writer and cultural worker living in Richmond BC. Her first book, Wiles of Girlhood, won The League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award in 1992. Later titles include Breasting the Waves: On Writing and Healing, a collection of creative essays, and Steepy Mountain: love poetry (Kegedonce). She has been collaborating with other authors and artists to sponsor workshops and events that bring out the voices of Aboriginal mothers and grandmothers, speaking for themselves. Her 2007 collection, Mother Time: Poems New and Selected (Ronsdale), is her sixth book.